BISC 2017 News Story

Selangor: Beaconhouse celebrated the true spirit of sportsmanship as international student athletes from the school group converged in Malaysia at the 2nd Beaconhouse International School Convention (BISC) 2017, held from January 18 to 20, 2017. The convention was officiated amidst much cheer from over 1,400 attendees by a representative of Yang Berhormat Datuk Saravanan A/L Murugan of the Ministry of Youth and Sports Mr P Subramaniam, AMN, PJK, at the Panasonic Stadium Selangor. Beaconhouse Group Chairperson Mrs Nasreen M Kasuri, Chief Executive Mr Kasim Kasuri and Beaconhouse Regional Director Mr Jahanzeb Shah were also present at the opening ceremony.

BISC was initiated in Bangkok last year to highlight the importance of sports in academic learning. Riding on the huge success of the inaugural convention, this year, the convention was held in Malaysia. A huge crowd of students, teachers and parents showed their support to over 200 delegates from Malaysia, Oman, Pakistan, the Philippines and Thailand competing in badminton, basketball, athletics, futsal and swimming. The chance to compete was open to both male and female students, from 12 to 16 years of age. The convention continued at Beaconhouse Sri Inai International School the next day with panel discussions, quizzes, a science exhibition, an art installation and photography.

The Malaysian sports team, consisting of 50 delegates, was chosen through an inter-school carnival in Malaysia, held between Beaconhouse Sri Inai, Beaconhouse Sri Murni, Beaconhouse Sri Lethia, and Newlands International School. For many, it was the first time playing in an international tournament against other countries.

Beaconhouse CEO Mr Kasim Kasuri said the school places emphasis on an all-rounded education and not just classroom excellence. The strong network within the school group also allows for a stronger global approach and exposes the students to activities and experiences that may be challenging for other schools.

“This is a unique experience that not many students get to have – a rare chance to meet and compete with other students in the region while still keeping it friendly. We are able to offer this to our students as we have a vast network of schools that spans from Europe to Asia. This ability to use our network to offer experiences to our students is what sets us apart from the rest,” Mr Kasim Kasuri said.

Representative of Yang Berhormat Datuk Saravanan A/L Murugan of Ministry of Youth and Sports Mr P Subramaniam emphasised on the importance of sports and education in order to build a progressive and sustainable nation.

Beaconhouse Regional Director Malaysia Mr Syed Jahanzeb Shah said the power of sports in building character should not be underestimated. This is part of the Beaconhouse ethos of building Lifelong Learners and Future Leaders.

Through BISC 2017, Beaconhouse hopes to be at the forefront in contributing to future world leaders who excel both academically as well as in real life.

After a competitive series of activities, the results of the BISC 2017 winners were announced on January 19, 2017, at the closing ceremony. It was a close result, with Pakistan securing its place at the top spot with six gold medals, six silver medals and four bronze, with a total of 132 points in both athletics and extracurricular programs. Coming in second place was the host country with a total point of 115 in athletics and extracurricular programs, winning six gold medals, three silver and three bronze. Thailand scored three gold medals, five silver and one bronze, with a total of 100 points. The fourth place went to the Philippines with one gold medal, two silver and eight bronze medals, with a total of 92 points. Last, but not least, Oman took the fifth spot with a total of 20 points.

Amazing display of cultural performances by the students of Beaconhouse during the closing ceremony
The smiling faces of the winners of BISC 2017 from Pakistan, Malaysia, Thailand and Phillipines, with Mr Jahanzeb Shah (Centre) – Regional Director of Beaconhouse Malaysia
The Opening Ceremony of Beaconhouse International School Convention 2017 included an amazing dance performance by the students
Full of dedication and concentration, Beaconhouse students showed their sports skills by participating in the athletics – shotput

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